'People of color have endured traumatic histories and almost daily assaults on our dignity. We have prayed about racism, been in denial, or acted out in anger, but we have not known how to individually or collectively pursue healing from the racial trauma.'
As a child, Sheila Wise Rowe was bused across town to a majority white school, and she experienced the racist lie that one group is superior to all others. We experience ongoing racial trauma as this lie is perpetuated by the action or inaction of the government, media, viral videos, churches, and within families of origin. In contrast, Scripture declares that we are all fearfully and wonderfully made. Professional counselor Rowe exposes the symptoms of racial trauma to lead listeners to a place of freedom from the past and new life for the future. In each chapter, she includes an interview with a person of color to explore how we experience and resolve racial trauma. With Rowe as a reliable guide who has both been on the journey and shown others the way forward, you will find a safe pathway to resilience.
- Important for understanding and empathy
I haven't personally experienced racial trauma, but I found this book extremely helpful for understanding and empathizing with those who have. An important read for any follower of Jesus.
Sheila highlights many of same issues the woke mob does, however the solutions she offers differ enough from general wokeism that she has a voice worth listening to. The subtitle "The Road to Reliance" is key. When she highlights the racial trauma various people have suffered, though she does skirt the edge of the illusory "white guilt" trap, her main solution is not reparations, but rather forgiveness, and for the sufferers to rely on God for strength and resilience.
- Everyone should read this
I found this book profoundly insightful. Its description of the impact of racial trauma and practical steps to heal from and avoid causing it were informative, evocative, challenging and yet inspired hope.
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